Enriching the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by meeting their social, recreational, and continued educational needs.
In 2006, a small group of individuals began to look for a model on which to base a new program in Memphis by researching existing organizations that serve the mentally challenged population. After an extensive search, they found the Exceptional Foundation in Birmingham (EFB), Alabama, and upon contacting them found they were very interested in expanding their program. Partnering with EFB has been a tremendous success. This 17 year old program, which now serves approximately 350 people in Birmingham, has given the West Tennessee program a huge amount of guidance and support from their leadership and board, with whom EFWT works with regularly. The EFWT is a separate Tennessee 501 (c) (3). All EFWT funds raised stay with the West Tennessee program.
Exceptionalities We Serve
autism spectrum disorder
cerebral palsy * rubinstein taybi
down syndrome - williams syndrome
and many more!
Jo Anne Fusco
Why We Love The Exceptional Foundation
what we're doing
Rhodes + EFWT = Best Buddies Match Party and Halloween Event Thursday, October 30, 2014 6 pm – 8:30 pm Is your son or daughter 18 or older? Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity. Best Buddies Tennessee and Rhodes College have partnered with The Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee to provide[…]
Get ready for chili and fun with our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. Be a Sponsor Submit a Chili Cook-Off Team Your support of the Chili Cook-Off changes the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Greater Memphis area. Funds raised provide scholarships and help support programming for our exceptional friends.
Jo Anne Fusco, Executive Director Jo Anne Fusco began serving as the Executive Director of the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee in 2012. Jo Anne received a B A Degree from University of Arizona in Special Education. Prior to joining the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee, Jo Anne operated the Jenny Craig franchise for the Memphis and its surrounding[…]
Looking to get involved at The Exceptional Foundation of West TN? Here are a few Volunteer FAQs Q: I’d love to become involved with the EFWT! What can I do as a volunteer? A: Volunteering at the helps support our mission. Volunteers should be willing to be a friend to those who participate and offer[…]